A/Professor. Julie Miller, Endocrine Specialist, Parkville Melbourne VIC
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Preparing for Surgery

  • Please shower at home the evening before surgery or in the morning.

  • Please do not shave the surgical site! It will be done for you if necessary. Shaving yourself increases the risk of infection.

  • For morning surgery, Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery unless otherwise instructed. This includes coffee, tea, water, and juice! Medication with a small sip of water is OK. For afternoon surgery, a small breakfast BEFORE 7AM is OK, and nothing after that. Your surgery may be cancelled if you do not follow these instructions.

  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages 24 hours prior to your surgery.

  • Do not smoke for 4 weeks before surgery or your risk of serious complications increases.

  • Ask us if you are permitted to take your routine medications (such as those for heart, blood pressure, or insulin etc.) before arriving for surgery.

  • Stop aspirin, warfarin, or any other blood thinner 5-7 days prior to surgery

  • Do not bring valuables such as money, jewelry etc. Do not wear make-up.

  • Bring toiletries and loose fitting, comfortable clothing to wear upon discharge.

  • You will be required to remove contact lenses, jewelry, dentures, and wigs

  • Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after discharge.

  • Notify us if there is a change in your condition prior to surgery (such as a cold, cough, fever or infection). If severe, your surgery may need to be postponed for your safety.

  • Stop all herbal medications 4 weeks before surgery unless discussed beforehand. Especially Ginseng, Garlic, and Gingko, or St. John's Wort, which increase the risk of bleeding.


  • On the day of your surgery, report to hospital reception.

  • If you have not already done so, you will meet your anaesthetist

  • After the operation, you will spend some time in the recovery room before going to the ward

  • After discharge, and as long as you are taking prescription pain medicine, you are not permitted to:
    o Drive a Car nor operate power equipment
    o Drink Alcoholic Beverages
    o Sign important papers
    o Instructions regarding safe resumption of the above activities will be provided by your surgeon.

A/Professor. Julie Miller - Specialist Endocrine Surgeon
A/Professor. Julie Miller - Specialist Endocrine Surgeon

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